Jonathan Lucroy invokes no-trade clause, vetoes trade to the Indians

Mark TownsendYahoo Sports Contributor
Big League Stew
<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/players/8609/" data-ylk="slk:Jonathan Lucroy">Jonathan Lucroy</a> remains in Milwaukee for now after vetoing trade to Cleveland. (AP)
Jonathan Lucroy remains in Milwaukee for now after vetoing trade to Cleveland. (AP)

One of the biggest trades of the summer has fallen through.

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According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel,  Jonathan Lucroy has elected to exercise his no-trade clause and veto a trade to the Cleveland Indians that would have brought four prospects back to Milwaukee.

For the time being anyway, Lucroy is still with the Brewers, though there’s still time for Milwaukee to swing another trade and there’s still time for Cleveland to convince Lucroy to change his mind. In fact, it’s reported that effort is well underway right now.

It’s almost certain Lucroy will require a new contract agreement to agree to a trade to a team on his no-trade list. The 30-year-old catcher earned a $4M salary this season and has a $5.2M team option next season that Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports Lucroy would like to see torn up.

For now, Lucroy is still with the Brewers in Milwaukee as they prepare to face the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was also available to the media, but shed little light on the circumstances of his decision.

By vetoing the trade, Lucroy could be back in play for teams like the New York Mets and Texas Rangers, who were aggressive suitors prior to Cleveland emerging as the temporary winner. Another team could also emerge from the rubble to pull off a stunner. With some leverage potentially lost though, it’s possible Milwaukee won’t receive as strong a return.

There are obviously a lot of variables involved, and there’s still nearly 30 hours to get it sorted out. But we’d say the trade deadline just got real.

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